The Altoona human needs office raised $1,489.20 with the help of local churches and businesses who collected gently worn and new shoes. The committee banded and bagged the shoes and were paid $.40 a pound. That's a lot of shoes; over 3,000 pairs! Many were brand new shoes. The shoes will go to other countries like Haiti. Thanks to everyone that helped with the collection.
On Sunday, June 16, 2019 the 1st Annual Feed the Need Food Truck Rodeo was held from noon to 4 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Park in Johnstown. The nearly $6,000.00 raised will go toward an ongoing freezer/cooler project for the Johnstown warehouse. Go to the Food for Families page to see pictures from the event.
The Msgr. Griffin award was established by Catholic Charities Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and is given annually to men and women who demonstrate a "significant, long-term commitment to serving the poor, marginalized and most vulnerable within the diocesan community in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon,
and Somerset counties. "
This year three people were chosen to receive the 2019 award including our own Leona "Doodle" George, president of the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Conference in Lilly. Leona and the others received their recognition during an awards dinner at The Casino at Lakemont, Altoona on Thursday, June 6.
Executive Director, Sonny Consiglio, attended the check presentation at Greater Johnstown High School from the Key Club's 10th Annual Empty Bowls project held April 26, 2019. Pictured are members of Key Club, representatives from the Women's Help Center,the Cambria County Backpack Project, Sonny, and advisers of the club. Each organization received $1,640.
These funds go to support the Johnstown Family Kitchen and we are most appreciative of the work of the students and advisers who dedicate hours to make the beautiful bowls and put on a wonderful event.
The St. Rose conference in Altoona has been busy with local fundraising events. To make it easier to keep up-to-date on the happenings, the conference set up a new website, strosesvdp.org.
On the day of the ribbon cutting, Saturday, January 12, 2019 cheers rose from the crowd as the ceremonial ribbon was cut, marking the start of a new era for the store, founded just over 20 years ago by members of the Our Lady of Victory Conference.
The retail space, 55% larger than the previous location, includes two large fitting rooms and handicap accessible bathrooms. Over 500 shoppers turned out to peruse the large selection of luxury, name brand items (some still with tags) housewares, books, jewelry and so much more.
The 6th graders at the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy in Johnstown, PA were installed into the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Youth conference on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.
This year over 100 kids received gifts due to the generosity of others. Throughout the year fundraisers help the ministry raise money for many projects including Christmas for Kids. The fundraisers alone cannot support all the children that are in need. Individuals in the community contacted SVDP council office and offered to purchase gifts for families. Groups of employees at some local businesses pooled their resources and purchased gifts for families and for a group of kids at a local housing program. Thank you to everyone that helped make this a brighter Christmas for some area children. The joy on their faces says it all.
Not only will the State College Thrift Store be moving to their new location on Benner Pike but they now have their own website. The site includes an online boutique, volunteer information and much more. Check it out!
The Food for Families warehouse in Johnstown needed new lighting but the cost was going to be over $6,000. A grant from Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for $2,500 helped defray the cost of the new lights.
Installed were LED motion sensor lights and fixtures that provide the newest in energy saving lighting along with greater viability and safety for the staff.
A very sincere thank you to Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for their support.